29 May 2009
|The Good Shepherd Home run by the Missionaries of the Poor assists refugees as well as locals who have nowhere else to go in Kampala. (JRS)|
|"Among others, refugees give tribal conflicts as well as the activity of different rebel groups and government soldiers as reasons for their flight from DRC."|
JRS staff members have to consider these “new” cases
carefully in order to determine the real background and needs of a person and
to provide adequate assistance. As per JRS Kampala guidelines, assistance is
provided on a case by case decision, with the two main factors being individual
vulnerability and duration of stay in Kampala.
Normally, refugees who have arrived more than three months ago do not receive
any assistance unless they belong to a particularly vulnerable group. However,
in case of doubts JRS would tend to rather support one person more than one
To distinguish which cases are genuine and which are not can be challenging at times. Indicators like the duration of stay in Kampala until showing up at the JRS office or registering at OPM or the willingness to relocate to a refugee camp can be helpful. To expedite and accelerate relocation to the camp for asylum seekers who are still waiting for refugee status, JRS refers their case to OPM for consideration. For the Congolese asylum seekers the response is usually favorable. If transport from UNHCR is not immediately available and the situation is dire JRS provides transport money to the camp.